Revive a chest set

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Project by Tom Pritchard posted 08-19-2016 02:35 AM 882 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the summer a good friend and fellow firefighter went to Cancun for a vacation. During his visit he purchased this chest set. During his return trip home the chest board was broke by the TSA. You can see what happened in other pictures. Besides the board being broke also was his heart. Jeremy knew that I did some wood working so he asked if I could come up with a way to mount this to some kind of board, so the pictures show how it turned out.

I used CA glue with activator to glue corners on. During the handling of the board it broke in half again. Once again I used the same glue. Once I secured the board inside the frame everything worked well. Due to the small fragments being missed, small areas had to be filled with super glue gel. After hours of scraping with razer blade, buffing, etc. I was able to revive somewhat back to a normal look. The cracks are still highly visible, but not bad as expected.

The frame and base is made of walnut. The frame portion was undercut was cut to secure the board. The frame was screwed on and not glued. Just in case the chest board needed to be removed later.

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana

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#1 posted 08-19-2016 11:30 AM

great save , and looks grand

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#2 posted 08-19-2016 04:33 PM

Looks awesome! I love the game and love good chessboards so I can relate to how your friend felt when TSA broke the board. The wood frame really adds a touch of class. Thanks for sharing!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#3 posted 08-19-2016 04:57 PM

Great save indeed, many would have tossed it!
You can’t even see the repair.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#4 posted 08-21-2016 01:03 AM

Nice job!

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